Raise Money on Good News

The first rule for raising money is to do it on good news—right when sales are increasing at an increasing rate. Or when a major...

Angels and VCs: Don’t Be Greedy Even if You Can

Sometimes the end game or sale of the company is not a happy event for the early investors, including the entrepreneur or the founders. Especially...

8 Ways an Investor Pitch Differs from a Product Pitch

When pitching to investors, entrepreneurs always seem to start with a customer pitch, then add a slide or two about the business. In reality,...

7 Keys to a Compelling Investor Executive Summary

  Few investors these days have the time or patience to read a full business plan, so a better way to catch their eye is...

Premature Scaling Kills Businesses

Venture capitalists sometimes make an error in directing their portfolio company CEOs to push resources to the limit and scale the business to immense size quickly, all to seize market share.

8 Questions to Help Set Expectations with Investors

One of the big questions that every entrepreneur struggles with is how much funding they should request from investors in the first round.

10 Ways to Make Your Investor Pitch More Effective

The average length of a funding pitch to Angel investors is ten minutes. Even if you have booked an hour with a VC, you should plan to talk only for the first fifteen minutes.

Stay in Touch with Your Investors

Investors as a group have a common gripe—almost universal. Information flows from the company irregularly, in fact most often when the company is urgently in need of more money.

How Do I Make a Good Pitch Deck for Investors?

Don't confuse the two: A pitch to be read must be very different from a pitch that supports a live presentation with you talking. Different media, different styles.

Why Bother with a Board of Directors?

No matter what your size, if you intend to grow your business into more than just a lifestyle workplace, you should create a board of directors. If you take money from knowledgeable investors, you will be required to create a board as a part of the investment process.

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